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Physics & Astronomy
Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy cultivates an educational environment that prepares skilled scientists for a successful career. Our students and faculty are engaged in the study, creation, and dissemination of new knowledge through scholarship of discovery, teaching, application and integration. We strive to foster wonder about the world, both inside of the classroom and in the community around us.

Our department provides students with opportunities for hands-on research, scholarships, summer experiences, student-to-student tutoring, and workplace preparation, all made possible by the generosity of donors. Donor funding is the cornerstone of the student experience in our department, used to prepare students to fulfill their future career and postgraduate goals.


Student Testimonials

Being a student researcher, tutor, lab assistant, and a member of the Constellation Crew during my time as a Ball State physics student has prepared me in a multitude of ways for opportunities after graduation. I value the personal connection that I have found within the department and the way that it provides a chance to participate in one-on-one research projects. The community here allows for professors to remember details about your life, and vice versa.

                                                                                    - Kyle, Class of '21


Receiving my assistantship was of paramount importance to me, personally. Not only did it come with a significant tuition reduction, but the stipend allows me to focus completely on my coursework and research. Without the assistantship, I would not have been able to achieve my goal to continue my education. It relieves a significant amount of the financial burden and stress that usually accompanies higher education. As such, it has allowed me to be a much better student, researcher, and most importantly, a better instructor for my students.

                                                                      - Greg, Graduate Assistant



 During my time at BSU, I have had the Dr. James Watson Jr. Memorial Physics Scholarship and have also worked as a tutor and TA in the department. Being able to practice tutoring and teaching skills as an employee has helped prepare me for graduate school; I feel ready to begin teaching once I begin a graduate program. The scholarship has also lifted a financial burden off my family, which is always an appreciated thing.

                                                                                 - Elaine, Class of '21


My student employment here at Ball State has not only given me a way to relieve some of my financial stresses but has allowed me to form many professional and personal friendships. I have met and collaborated with many professionals through the planetarium and have become close friends with many of my coworkers, all of whom share a passion for science. It has provided me a community full of support to navigate through my undergraduate with. I feel my experiences working at Ball State have prepared me well for graduate school and my professional career beyond that.

                                                                                   - Melanie, Class of '21

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$25,000 Surprise Challenge
$750,000 will unlock $25,000 for Student Emergency Aid, Student Scholarships, Cardinal Kitchen, Cardinal Excellence Fund, and SOAR. Each area will receive $5,000 thanks to an anonymous donor.
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Morning Challenge
From 8 - 11 a.m., five donors will be selected at random and $1,000 will be given to the fund their gift went to.
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First Student, Employee, Alumni, & Parent Challenge
The first student, employee, parent, and alumni donor will each receive $250 given to the fund their gift went to.
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Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight April 6 receive $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 1,082
2 $3,000 Communication Studies 409
3 $1,000 School of Music 163
4 School of Journalism and Strategic Communication 160
5 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 127
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Evening Leaderboard
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7-11:59pm each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Unit Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $38,306.54
2 $1,000 Indiana Academy $14,305.00
3 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $11,450.22
4 $1,000 Alumni Programs $5,770.00
5 $1,000 Black Alumni Constituent Society $4,180.00
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First Five!
One Ball State Day, 24-hours of inspiration and impact, starts now. The first 5 academic areas to receive a gift will each receive $500 in challenge funds.
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Tag & Swag Social Media Challenge
Take a selfie with any of our Leadership cut outs and post social using #OneBallState. Four individuals will be randomly chosen to designate $250 to a fund of their choice.
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Donor Leaderboard
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 812
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 633
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 278
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 184
5 $1,000 School of Music 126
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Evening Donor Leaderboard
The five areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 in challenge dollars.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 161
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 149
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 50
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 47
5 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 27
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Ball State University Foundation Challenge
If the Foundation reaches 100% employee participation, Jean Crosby & Ray Allen will give a total of $1,000.
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Enrollment Planning & Management Employee Challenge
If the number of enrollment planning, and management employees who donate is greater than last year, Vice President Paula Luff will donate $2,000 to Student Emergency Aid Fund.
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General Counsel Match
Sali Falling will match gifts made by General Counsel employees up to $500.
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College Leaderboard
The three colleges with the biggest percentage of increased gifts from OBSD 2021 will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.
Rank Prize College % +/- Goal
1 $3,000 Honors College +17.39% 108
goal: 92
2 $2,000 College of Health +12.42% 335
goal: 298
3 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning -7.93% 209
goal: 227
4 Teachers College -10.92% 848
goal: 952
5 Miller College of Business -12.21% 410
goal: 467
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Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Gifts from all 50 states will unlock $5,000 from the Alumni Council!
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College Leaderboard
The college that has the most donors receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize College Donors
1 $5,000 College of Fine Arts 855
2 Teachers College 721
3 College of Sciences and Humanities 659
4 College of Communication, Information, and Media 629
5 Miller College of Business 387
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Ambassador Challenge
The three units/departments with the most verified ambassadors, with dollars raised, receives $1,000.
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Facebook Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Facebook and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
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Twitter Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Twitter and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
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Noon Leaderboard
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Unit Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 296
2 Athletics 272
3 Indiana Academy 130
4 The Ball State Fund 107
5 Student Scholarships 86
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Dean Cutout Selfie Challenge
Provost Susana Rivera-Mills will donate $100 for each dean who takes a selfie with her cut out and/or the cut out of another dean and posts it to social media using #OneBallState on April 5. This total gift of up to $5,000 will benefit the University College.
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Last Hour Challenge
Give during the last hour of OBSD and you could be one of three donors chosen to designate an extra $1,000 to the area you gave to.
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International Alum Challenge
The first international alum to make a gift on One Ball State Day will get $500 in challenge funds designated to the fund their gift went to.
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Dean McCarthy Challenge
Dean Maureen McCarthy will give $500 to the CSH department with the most unique # of donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $500 English 67
2 Modern Languages & Classics 64
3 Geography and Meteorology 60
4 History 56
5 Philosophy and Religious Studies 38
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IT Employee Match
Loren Malm will match gifts made by IT division employees up to $500.
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